The best wedding invitations don’t have to be the most expensive, but they should be the most memorable. Here are some ways to make them shine.
Your wedding is likely to be one of the biggest celebrations in your life. It marks the beginning of married life, and it represents all the potential that such an event implies, such as starting a family and growing stronger together.
It’s only natural to share the good news as far and wide as you can, which is why you invite friends and family from all corners of the Earth to come to the big day — and that means you need the best wedding invitations you can find to match the importance of the event.
Finding that perfect wedding invitation can be a tough challenge, though. There are so many options and styles out there to choose, ranging from using do-it-yourself kits to having them professionally custom printed and everything in between. All of these choices have different costs to consider, and that includes not just the price but the amount of personal time you need to invest. This makes choosing the right type of invitations even more difficult. But don’t worry!
Here’s our quick-and-easy guide to creating the best wedding invitations for you and your soon-to-be spouse.
What Goes into the Best Wedding Invitations?
First and foremost, let’s get into what every wedding invitation needs, regardless of its physical design. There’s a standard set of information that you need to convey to whoever you’re inviting, and that includes who’s hosting the wedding, the names of the bride and groom, the date and time, and the location. Information about the reception and the dress code is also standard, as is the inclusion of a separate RSVP card and return envelope for your guests to inform you of their intentions.
Send invitations six to eight weeks beforehand, with an R.S.V.P. request of two to three weeks prior to the event so you can get a final head count.Martha Stewart Weddings
The good news is that’s the information you need to include. How you choose to present that information is up to you, and that gives you plenty of opportunities to stretch your creative muscles. This creativity extends to just about every aspect of your wedding invitations, from the physical size and shape, the type of cardstock, the color and shape of the fonts and typefaces used, and so on. It enables you to create the perfect invitation to reflect the unique nature of your relationship — but it also makes narrowing down your options that much harder.
Invitation Building Blocks: The Stationery
Once you’ve established what wording you want for your wedding invitation, it’s time to build the rest of it from the ground up. The first decision to make, and perhaps the most important, is going to be your choice of stationery. There are a number of great choices when it comes to types of cardstock. Ones appropriate for wedding invitations include:
- Linen: available in a matte, woven finish and limited colors
- Cotton: smooth, good for photos, available in limited colors
- Canvas: offering more texture than linen, pairs well with parchment/vellum
- Parchment: smooth, thin, semi-transparent, with a marbled pattern
- Felt: thick and heavy, with a texture between cotton and canvas
- Recycled: rustic and smooth, comes in a variety of colors
- Vellum: ultra-thin and translucent, needs pairing with a heavier cardstock
Each of these different types of cardstock can be combined together to create different visual and tactile textures, depending on the type of wedding you’re having. Whether you want to create an invitation that offers a traditional and elegant aesthetic, a casual and rustic one, or anything in-between, your choice of cardstock is going to be one of the biggest and most important decisions you’ll have to make.
A Word on Cardstock Weight and Cost
No two cardstocks are created equal, and that doesn’t mean just how they look and feel. Prices vary from one material to another, and this can sometimes be an issue if you’re trying to stick to a specific wedding budget.
Parchment, vellum, and linen cardstock types tend to be more on the affordable side, while recycled, felt, canvas and cotton cardstocks tend to be more expensive. Also, if you’re using two or more types of cardstock, such as pairing canvas with vellum, your costs will also be higher.
It’s not just types of cardstock that controls price, however; cardstock thickness also plays a role. 80-lb. cardstock is going to be thinner than 150-lb. cardstock, and therefore less expensive. It’s also not going to look quite as professional as 150-lb. cardstock or even 100-lb. cardstock. Cardstock weight also plays a role in how you’ll be able to print your invitations — if you’re looking at a DIY option, your home printer is unlikely to be able to handle cardstock weights above 80 or 90-lb. Any higher and you’ll need to use a reputable print shop.
Speaking of Printing…
There are plenty of options open to you when it comes to the physical printing of your wedding invitations. Do-it-yourself kits that come with pre-designed cardstock make it easy to print up your invitations at home, for example, with the downside being that you have to do all the work yourself and that you can only choose from the styles that are available to you through these kits.
In comparison, having a professional print-house design and print your wedding invitations offers the highest level of control and customization, with the tradeoff being that the price of your invitations may be higher.
Yet in many ways relying on a print house to handle your invitations might be the most economical option. When you take the costs of a DIY wedding invitation project altogether, including the personal time and effort you invest, having a print studio take care of this burden becomes much more attractive.
Instead of sourcing and purchasing cardstock yourself, printing it at home, stuffing and hand-addressing envelopes, and including postage for both the invitation and the RSVP, you’ve got your work cut out for you.
So, what can a good print studio do for you? Well, for one, you can sit down with a graphic designer and hash out the design for your entire invitation all at once, ranging from font to cardstock and beyond. The printer then handles the rest — and this can often include addressing envelopes and posting them in the mail as well. This offers you the major advantage of letting someone else worry about it while you turn to work on the rest of your wedding planning activities. That’s a pretty valuable asset and one that is easily worth the price!
Turn to Las Vegas Color Graphics to Design and Print the Best Wedding Invitations for You
Here at Las Vegas Color Graphics, we know what goes into a spectacular wedding invitation. We’ve been Las Vegas’ premier printing company for more than 40 years, so we’ve got the skills and the expertise in creating invitations for weddings of all shapes and sizes.
Our graphics design team will work with you every step of the way to create the perfect wedding invitations for you within your budget, and our 24-hour print house and fulfillment services mean your invitations will be printed and sent quickly and efficiently, leaving your guests plenty of time to RSVP. Contact us today to see how we can help you design and print the best wedding invitations for you!